Categories for Foreign Dignitaries

27,163. 8/3/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @KTHopkins: The nipple-height Mayor of Londonistan has NEVER been so unpopular. He has MINUS approval ratings because we are stab-city.…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 7:27 am

26,827. 7/23/2019

ELECTION/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 23, 2019 6:29 am

26,769. 7/20/2019

CELEBS/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 20, 2019 8:52 am

26,632. 7/16/2019

EU/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/GERMANY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Ursula von der Leyen has called Donald Trump’s discussions of NATO ‘immature,’ questioned why he wants to be a ‘best buddy’ with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and even suggested the president is uncomfortable with strong female leaders. Now she’ll be his main counterpart in the European Union. On Tuesday [7-16-19], von der Leyen became the European Commission’s next president, narrowly winning election in the European Parliament. The new role for von der Leyen, who headed Germany’s defense ministry for six years before she resigned on Wednesday, will put her at the forefront of negotiations with the U.S. over trade, technology and other major issues. But while von der Leyen has many admirers among American and European national security officials, even some of her fans worry that her ascent to the commission presidency will further fray the tenuous U.S.-EU relationship under Trump.”

Nahal Toosi, “Trump’s new EU foil: Another ‘strong female German leader’,” Politico, July 16, 2019 9:38 am

26,320. 7/6/2019

ELECTION/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @AmbJohnBolton: US is proud to be supporting Interim President Guaido & the democratically elected National Assembly, which is courageou…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 6, 2019 7:12 am

26,152. 6/29/2019

ECONOMY/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The leaders of virtually every country that I met at the G-20 congratulated me on our great economy. Many countries are having difficulties on that score. We have the best economy anywhere in the world, with GREAT & UNLIMITED potential looking into the future!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 29, 2019 7:29 pm

26,141. 6/28/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is pressuring some of his fellow leaders to help weaken a G-20 commitment on fighting climate change in a move that could kill chances of agreeing on a final leaders’ declaration. Three senior officials told POLITICO that Trump is trying to enlist the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Australia and Turkey in opposing commitments to stand by the Paris climate agreement made at previous G-20 summits. The U.S. has refused to back the part of the G-20 declaration that supports the Paris accord since the G-20 summit in Hamburg in 2017, but supported the final communique under an ‘agree to disagree’ arrangement. But this year, Trump is pushing allies to join him in opposition and French President Emmanuel Macron warned he would rather veto a final communiqué rather than allow the climate change section to be weakened further. Officials said negotiations would go on through the night and would likely be left for the leaders themselves to continue on Saturday [6-29-19]. The failure to secure agreement on a final communiqué would be a stinging defeat for the summit host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, who has sought to maintain consensus and a spirit of multilateralism.”

Jakob Hanke and David M. Herszenhorn, “Trump pressures other G-20 leaders to weaken climate goals,” Politico, June 28, 2019 11:37 pm

26,128. 6/28/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/GERMANY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to focus on the world’s problems, perhaps as a way of limiting discussion on their own tensions. In a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit here in Osaka, Japan, Trump and Merkel centered their comments on problems in other nations: Libya and the Sahel region of Africa, eastern Ukraine and Iran. They also addressed the trade issues between the EU and the U.S. According to the White House, Trump and Merkel discussed ‘a wide range of issues, including Iran’s dangerous activity in the Middle East.’ According to Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, that part of the conversation was on ‘the U.S. conflict with Iran.’ The differences in the readouts between the White House‘s version and the German chancellery‘s hinted at the deep, ongoing stress in U.S.-German dealings. The relationship has soured significantly since Trump took office and began relentlessly bashing Berlin over military spending and what he believes is an unfair trade imbalance.”

David Herszenhorn and Jakob Hanke, “Trump, Merkel present friendly front despite simmering tensions,” Politico, June 28, 2019 12:19 am

26,118. 6/28/2019

ELECTION/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “They were having a good time. Like old friends reuniting, they warmly shook hands, smiled and chatted amiably. And then President Trump brushed off Russia’s interference in American democracy with a joke as President Vladimir V. Putin chuckled. The first encounter between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin since the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reported that Russia conducted a ‘sweeping and systematic’ operation to sway the 2016 election proved more convivial than confrontational. Rather than challenge Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump treated it as a laughing matter. In the process, he triggered a fresh furor over his accommodating approach to Russia and brought back old questions that have haunted him since he took office. Angry at perceived challenges to his legitimacy, he has long dismissed or at most grudgingly accepted the conclusions of American intelligence agencies that Russia sought to help his campaign.”

Peter Baker and Michael Crowley, “Trump and Putin Share Joke About Election Meddling, Sparking New Furor,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

26,098. 6/27/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump plunged back into the world of international diplomacy on Friday [6-28-19] with characteristic provocation, keeping some of America’s closest allies, including his hosts, off balance even as he sought advantage on an array of economic and security disputes with profound consequences. Mr. Trump opened a series of high-stakes meetings with world leaders gathered in Osaka, Japan, for an international summit meeting after calling into question the very foundation of the relationship between the United States and two of its most important friends, Japan and Germany, and lashing out at a third partner, India. The Japanese leaders hosting the meetings were still reeling Friday morning at the president’s attack on the mutual defense treaty that has been the bedrock between Washington and Tokyo for nearly seven decades. Before arriving in Osaka, Mr. Trump complained that under the treaty, Japan would not come to the aid of the United States if it were attacked and instead would ‘watch it on a Sony television.’”

Peter Baker, “Trump Once Again Assails America’s Friends as He Opens Overseas Visit,” The New York  Times online, June 27, 2019

26,072. 6/26/2019

CHINA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/G20/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will arrive Thursday [6–27-19] at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan — his third time attending the yearly gathering as President and, in some ways, the most consequential. He is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for trade talks that could have a lasting impact on the global economy. He is also expected to huddle with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first face-to-face following the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation. And he’ll discuss a tenuous Iran situation with other world leaders, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Unlike Trump’s recent state visits to Tokyo and London, this stop is not about pageantry — or really even about him. Instead, it’s a gathering of leaders from the world’s largest economies meant to discuss pressing economic and geopolitical issues. Though the leaders all meet together several times, the real action takes place on the sidelines when one-on-one talks between countries can produce major announcements. Trump has clashed with many of the other G20 leaders on trade and security matters. With some top American allies, he seems to lack chemistry. Other, more adversarial leaders have had better luck.”

Kevin Liptak, “Trump’s G20 orbits around Xi, Putin and other world leaders,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 26, 2019 3:27 pm

25,896. 6/20/2019

CANADA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was my great honor to host Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau at the @WhiteHouse today!🇺🇸🇨🇦 https://t.co/orlejZ9FFs 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 20, 2019 12:49 pm

25,782. 6/15/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “He is a national disgrace who is destroying the City of London! https://t.co/l3qcUS17jh 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 6:17 pm

25,778. 6/15/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse! https://t.co/n7qKI3BbD2

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 1:47 pm

25,679. 6/13/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I meet and talk to ‘foreign governments’ every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about ‘Everything!’ Should I immediately…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 13, 2019 7:59 am

25,657. 6/12/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/MELANIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS will welcome Polish President @andrzejduda and Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda for their…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 12, 2019 9:33 pm

25,649. 6/12/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/POLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was a pleasure to host my friends President Andrzej Duda and Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda of Poland at the @WhiteHouse today. U.S.-Poland ties are at an all-time high. Thank you for being such an exemplary Ally! https://t.co/tvhHIpsrFo

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 12, 2019 7:34 pm

25,639. 6/12/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/MILITARY/POLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump welcomed Poland’s nationalist president to the White House on Wednesday [6-12-19] with an elaborate show of support, promising more American troops, defending Warsaw’s record on democracy and staging a rare and showy F-35 jet flyover to mark their friendship. In his latest embrace of Europe’s nationalist surge, Mr. Trump stood side by side with President Andrzej Duda and their wives on the South Lawn of the White House staring into the sky and waving as the Marine warplane roared overhead, buzzed around the Washington Monument and then headed back for a second pass. A jet flyover above the White House is highly unusual, but Mr. Trump has agitated without success to hold a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and clearly relished showing off the state-of-the-art aircraft that Poland has agreed to buy. The flyover, however, startled many in the streets of Washington who did not know it was coming and, in some cases, pointed to the sky with worried looks or even started running.”

Peter Baker, “Trump Embraces Poland’s President and Promises Him More U.S. Troops,” The New York Times online, June 12, 2019

25,499. 6/7/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When President Trump visited Britain in 2018 and met Queen Elizabeth II, he caused a social media stir by walking in front of the British monarch as they inspected her honor guard, forcing her to step around him — a breach of protocol. On Thursday [6-6-19], a day after his first state visit to Britain ended, he raved in an interview with the Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he had developed a deep bond with the queen and that she had been very taken with him…During the interview he also joked that he was holding up the D-Day ceremonies to sit with Ms. Ingraham. A day earlier, while sitting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Mr. Trump called the queen ‘an incredible lady,’ adding, ‘I feel I know her so well right now, and she certainly knows me well.’ On Friday, Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s remarks. Elizabeth, 93, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has met every American president since Truman, except for Lyndon B. Johnson.”

Maggie Haberman, “Trump Says He and Queen Elizabeth II ‘Had a Great Time’,” The New York Times online, June 7, 2019

25,457. 6/5/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It looked for all the world like a boardroom scene from ‘The Apprentice,’ with President Trump appraising the candidates to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, even as she stood by his side at a news conference on Tuesday [6-4-19]…And then, as if slipping off-camera to interview the contenders, Mr. Trump sought a series of meetings with some of those same lawmakers, holding out his endorsement for whoever would remake the Conservative Party in his blustering, bare-knuckled image. Mr. Trump, unloved in Britain even before he toyed with intruding on its public health system, would seem to make an unlikely kingmaker in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister. But some top contenders have nevertheless rushed this week to woo the president and embrace his brand of bellicose politics, swatting aside the inflatable Trump baby balloon and the thousands of angry placards that greeted his state visit. They cheered his insults of London’s mayor, snatched precious one-on-one meeting time and battled to claim the mantle of Mr. Trump’s pugilistic stance in trade negotiations.”

Benjamin Mueller, “President Trump, Unloved in Britain, Still Tries to Play Kingmaker,” The New York Times online, June 5, 2019

25,439. 6/5/2019

EU/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “European leaders are subjecting President Donald Trump to a crash course in history, hoping to use D-Day commemorations to shake his skepticism about alliances that have kept global peace for three-quarters of a century. The President saw for himself on Thursday the human price paid by thousands of Americans buried under poignant, regimented rows of white gravestones overlooking the beaches they stormed under curtains of Nazi fire on June 6, 1944. Their sacrifice in the Normandy landings helped purchase 75 years of European freedom and prosperity, and enshrined America as the leading world power and guarantor of Western democracy. During the President’s three days in Britain built around D-Day observances, it became clear that his interlocutors hope he will gain a new appreciation for how American engagement and common sacrifice built a postwar age that benefited millions but is now under threat from outside forces — and incredibly, from the President of the United States himself. Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have all stressed the need to maintain alliances increasingly under pressure from internal populist forces and rising competition in the East.”

Stephen Collinson, “European leaders give Trump a history lesson,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 5, 2019 7:41 am

25,437. 6/5/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “British environment minister Michael Gove, one of the favourites to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, said he had not had a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday [6-5-19] but had exchanged a few words with him on Monday [6-3-19]. Local media had reported that Trump was due to meet Gove and another contender for prime minister, Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday. Hunt met the U.S. leader on Tuesday and Sky News reported that Trump also briefly met interior minister and another leadership contender, Sajid Javid, on Wednesday.’

Elizabeth Piper, “PM hopeful Gove says he did not have a meeting with Trump on Wednesday,” Reuters, June 5, 2019 6:57 am

25,434. 6/5/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “US President Donald Trump told ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ in an interview aired Wednesday [6-5-19] that he spoke with Prince Harry during his visit to Buckingham Palace on Monday [6-3-19], but not about his comments on Meghan, Duchess of Sussex…When asked last week about Meghan’s comments in 2016 — before she was a royal — that she would move to Canada if Trump was elected, the President told British tabloid The Sun, ‘I didn’t know that she was nasty. I hope she is OK.’ Trump also defended his comments about the Duchess, made in an interview with The Sun newspaper on the eve of his three-day state visit to Britain. Asked by ITV whether he thought Meghan is nasty, Trump said: ‘They said some of the things that she said and It’s actually on tape. And I said, ‘Well, I didn’t know she was nasty.’ I wasn’t referring to she’s nasty. I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn’t know she was nasty about me.’”

Kara Fox, “Trump says he didn’t talk to Prince Harry about ‘nasty’ Meghan comment,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 5, 2019 3:30 am

25,430. 6/5/2019

FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “Could not have been treated more warmly in the United Kingdom by the Royal Family or the people. Our relationship has never been better, and I see a very big Trade Deal down the road. ‘This trip has been an incredible success for the President.’ @IngrahamAngle” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 5, 2019 3:02 am

25,416. 6/4/2019

BRITAIN/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP FAMILY: “When Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the president on Monday [6-3-19] for his first state visit to Britain, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner watched from a Buckingham Palace balcony. Later, at a state banquet, Eric Trump posed for photographs. During dinner, Donald Trump Jr. tucked into a menu including lamb and halibut as Tiffany Trump chatted with the queen’s private secretary…They were also present on Tuesday [6-4-19] at Mr. Trump’s news conference with the British prime minister, Theresa May, seated in the second row, in front of some of the president’s senior government advisers. The president has also said that his children would join him on a tour on Tuesday of the Churchill War Rooms, and American officials said they might go to Normandy for the French leg of the trip, too. Whether they had official roles in the visit or not, the extended Trump family seemed to materialize in London overnight — all save the president’s youngest son, Barron, who stayed home.”

Maggie Haberman and Katie Rogers, “For Trump, London Visit Is a (Royal) Family Affair,” The New York Times online, June 4, 2019